The Atlanta Falcons announced a partial decision on 2020 attendance.
While the announcement by the Atlanta Falcons today seems a little premature, it does follow in line with all the other sports that have been able to play so far, so it should not have come as a surprise.
Though it does go against what some owners like Jerry Jones have said in the last week about having fans at games.
Per the Atlanta Falcons release –
"“The health and safety of our fans is our top priority,” said Steve Cannon, CEO, AMB Sports and Entertainment. “As much as we want to bring our Falcons and Atlanta United fans together at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, their safety and wellbeing, and that of our associates, the competitors, officials and game staff, and our community as a whole will always come first. After thoughtful consideration and collaboration, it became clear to us that adhering to the guidance by national and local health officials was the right decision.”"
The club announced it would make a decision for the rest of the season at a later time. So far the only two affected Falcons games are week one against the Seahawks and week three against the Bears.
The NFL and its teams seam to push boundaries, so it is rare that to see an NFL team play follow the leader when they are typically the leader.
Atlanta Falcons PSL’s have priced out die-hard fans at Mercedes Benz Stadium
However, if we are being honest, the lifetime loyal Atlanta Falcons fans have not been able to attend games since the team moved into Mercedes Benz stadium.
We have all seen the pictures over the first three seasons at Mercedes Benz Stadium, more than half empty. Sure, you can listen to “fans” talk about how it’s not empty rather fans are in “other” places around the stadium, but if you have been to a game, you know that isn’t true.
Atlanta Falcons tickets, like most sports tickets, are all gobbled up by two sets of people – wealthy people who can afford the insane private seat licenses and season tickets (that simply flaunt them as a way to show off their wealth) and the other is ticket brokers that price the everyday blue-collar fan out of nose bleed seats.
Obviously, there are some diehard fans that are intertwined in those two areas, but they are few and far between which is why MBS has been empty its first three years despite 24 sellouts.
Diehard Atlanta Falcons fans are used to gathering with their friends and family at various houses, restaurants or sports bars to watch their beloved Falcons because they have been priced out by the franchise over the last few years.
The decision by the Falcons today simply gives those privileged enough to afford tickets an opportunity to see how the other side lives – having to watch their team from afar.